A Man's Responsibility: A Jewish Guide to Being a Son, a Partner in Marriage, a Father and a Community Leader

A Man's Responsibility: A Jewish Guide to Being a Son, a Partner in Marriage, a Father and a Community Leader

by Joseph B. Meszler
     
 

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What is Jewish men's spirituality? In today's world, is it necessary?

A provocative look at how a new generation of Jewish men can grow spiritually, and in doing so, strengthen the intangible bonds of family, love, duty and truth which ultimately lead to God. It unearths the male stereotypes that exist in Judaism and color our expectations for

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What is Jewish men's spirituality? In today's world, is it necessary?

A provocative look at how a new generation of Jewish men can grow spiritually, and in doing so, strengthen the intangible bonds of family, love, duty and truth which ultimately lead to God. It unearths the male stereotypes that exist in Judaism and color our expectations for what it means to be a Jewish man in today’s world. It examines Jewish sources that reveal the traditional life cycle of a man—from son to partner in marriage to father—and in doing so uncovers the ideals that define being a Jewish man. It also views Jewish men within the context of a sacred community and what that means for the sacred obligations of manhood.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An insightful contemporary explication that speaks to the modern man."
Rabbi Charles Simon, executive director, Federation of Jewish Men's Club

"Combining biblical tales, Talmudic precepts, Jungian observations, cogent references from contemporary writers and his own personal stories and reflections … it succeeds in fashioning a very accessible, and very valuable, guide for Jewish men grappling with key relationships in their life's journey."
Doug Barden, executive director, Men of Reform Judaism

"Opens up an important conversation on gender issues that both men and women need to address."
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, rabbinic director, Kolel: Adult Center for Liberal Jewish Learning; editor, New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future

“Warm and accessible … invites self-reflection, and maps a contemporary Jewish path for the journey from boy to man to mensch.”
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, author, Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy

“A thoughtful, engaging reflection on a central question of our time: what does it mean to be a mature, responsible Jewish man in the contemporary world? Provides helpful answers without being overly prescriptive. Like having a helpful friend in your corner.”
Sam Osherson, PhD, psychologist; author, Finding our Fathers

“Beautifully written … a wonderful combination of scholarship and personal insight that will surely help draw Jewish men back to the center of Jewish life and striving.”
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, author, Searching for My Brothers: Jewish Men in a Gentile World; editor, A Dream of Zion: American Jews Reflect on Why Israel Matters to Them

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580234351
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler is a noted spiritual leader and educator, recognized for his ability to connect the importance of Jewish tradition with everyday life. He is coauthor of The JGuy's Guide: The GPS for Jewish Teen Guys and author of A Man's Responsibility: A Jewish Guide to Being a Son, a Partner in Marriage, a Father and a Community Leader; Witnesses to the One: The Spiritual History of the Sh'ma and Facing Illness, Finding God: How Judaism Can Help You and Caregivers Cope When Body or Spirit Fails (all Jewish Lights). He is the rabbi at Temple Sinai in Sharon, Massachusetts, and an instructor at the Kehillah Schechter Academy.

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler is available to speak on the following topics:

  • The Spiritual History of the Sh'ma: What "God Is One" Might Mean
  • Not Your Father's Brotherhood: What Being a Jewish Man Meant Then and Now
  • How Judaism Can Help You Cope with Illness

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